Re: Absolute frequency / Absolute color (Diana Deutsch )

Subject: Re: Absolute frequency / Absolute color
From:    Diana Deutsch  <ddeutsch(at)UCSD.EDU>
Date:    Sun, 6 May 2001 12:37:12 -0700

Christian, Actually you only need 12 categories for AP -at least for Western tonal music - because of octave equivalence. Perception of differences in height between notes of the same pitch class are not related to AP. -Diana Deutsch >Martin Braun wrote: >> ...this is not possible. There are millions of colors. Most of us, >> however, would have an absolute memory of 12 colors. Color circles >> of 12 colors are quite common and can be learned in a few minutes. >> The 12 tones of our octave can not be learned in years (with >> extremely rare exceptions), once you are older than 5-7 years > >An absolute memory of 12 colors corresponds to an absolute memory of >pitch for 12 categories spanning the entire range of audible frequencies >from 20-16.000 Hz (at my age). I suppose this can be learned in a few >minutes. A hemitonic absolute pitch memory covering a musical relevant >range of frequencies would correspond to an absolute memory of roughly >90 color shades (only hue, same saturation and brightness). > >- Christian

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